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    Cava Crawl – Cava is Catalonia´s speciality!  In and around this region you will find the people splashing down this sparkling wine before they get their fill of Tapas. Tapas crawls can be attended anywhere in Spain but Barcelona is home to the infamous Cava crawl. There is no better a way to taste the glory of this region. There are many Cava tours located about an hour south of Barcelona but if you are looking to get your fix of Cava locally in Barcelona, a great place is El Xampanyet, a family owned place since the 1930s, great snacks, delicious Cava and a great atmosphere! Located off the yellow metro line ( Jaume 1).

    Montserrat – Montserrat is refereed to as the Sawtooth Mountain because of it´s jagged peak. This is a perfect spot to get a little history by taking the Aeri de Montserrat, cable car, to the top to learn about the home of the Benedictine Monastery. For the more adventurous crew looking for a good workout, Montserrat is a place for rigorous hiking and hard-core cycling. Regardless of your desire for this inland trip will be able to see spectacular views of the entire city from this historic Mountain top.

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    Looking for a beach day? If you think the beaches of Barceloneta are pretty, you must travel to the small town of Sitges located just 40 minutes south of the city. This beautiful and quaint town has a board walk along the entire cost with cafes and paella restaurants. Just a little inland you will find adorable little boutiques and of course along the coast is the most picturesque beaches. Sitges is known for its Carnival celebrations signifying the start of Lent in Barcelona, other than this week the town is very quaint and relaxing. Give it a try, you wont be disappointed!

    Parc Guell – One of Gaudi´s signature creations makes for a perfect day trip! Tucked away into the mountains of Barcelona is this beautiful park flaunting the architecture of Gaudi while creating a Candyland-like image kids and adults will be sure to love. Due to its placement in the mountains, it allows for a perfect picnic spot to sit and overlook the beautiful city of Barcelona. Located just about a ten-minute walk from either Lesseps metro stop or the 24 bus takes you directly there. Enjoy your day!

    BIO: This article was written by Thomas Carter, a writer for Apartime, provider of Barcelona apartments for rent

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